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This summer our research team @AMNH, along with exhibitions, are very excited to be hosting @NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) intern, Neeti Jain. Here she is in our Sharks exhibit conducting some evaluations with visitors!
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Join us next week for Science + Literature: Investigating Disease and Access featuring Daisy Hernández (@daisyhernandez) and Dr. Jessica L. Ware (@JessicaLWareLab)! Presented in partnership with @AMNH, and supported by @SloanPublic. In-person. RSVP here: amnh.org/calendar/kissi…
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What’s the story behind the pandemic? Uncover the answers to outstanding questions, while building a strong , scientific understanding of #virology and #epidemiology, by exploring our virology course, taught by top scientists and educators. amnh.org/learn-teach/se…
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"It’s a little disorienting once you get above 20 feet. But it's also a lot of fun." The iconic blue whale at The American Museum of Natural History in New York is undergoing its annual cleaning.
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Today is the anniversary of the 1969 Moon landing.🌚 We’re used to seeing the Moon wax and wane when we look up at the sky. But what did Apollo 11 astronauts see when they looked back at the Earth? Watch here >>bit.ly/3Pr01e2a with@OpenSpaceProjjR
#OTD in 1969, @NASA's Apollo 11 mission landed on the Moon while an estimated 600 million people back on Earth watched the historic moment live on television! The mission had three crew members: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. 🌕🧑‍�beqO
Like other species of cuckoos, Klaas’s Cuckoo exhibits a behavior known as brood parasitism: females lay their eggs in other birds’ nests, fly away, and leave other parents-to-be responsible for incubating and caring for their hatchlings. This bird has a wide range across Africa.
Welcome to #TrilobiteTuesday! The Fezouata Formation of Morocco was discovered in 1998. Since then, trilobites showing evidence of soft-tissue preservation have been uncovered. For example, this 2-in- (5-cm-) long Anacheirurus has well-preserved antennae.
Meet the raccoon dog! Despite its resemblance to a raccoon, it’s a member of the Canidae family and is more closely related to wolves and foxes. In addition to its looks, this fluffy critter has raccoon-like curved claws, which are useful for climbing and grabbing.🦝�pG
Did you know that ocean-dwelling #robots are uncovering new and exciting facts about our planet’s ocean system every day? Dive into leading edge research in our stimulating course: Ocean Systems. Sign up by Sep. 9 with discount code SOS2022 to save $50! amnh.org/learn-teach/se…
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Ever heard of the Parakeet Auklet? This seabird lives in the North Pacific and is distinguished by its unusual red bill, the shape of which is thought to aid the bird in catching slippery prey such as jellyfish and crustaceans.
What’s the purpose of the sacs of the lesser sac-winged bat? The sacs on its wings are scent glands, which are used to mark territory & help individuals identify others of its own species! The winged mammal lives in forests in parts of Central and South America.🦇o
Missed our summer sessions? Fret not! Fall Session 1 is now open for registration. Sign up today to reserve your spot this September, and discover the latest research on virology, climate change, geology, evolution, ocean science and more! amnh.org/learn-teach/se…
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Mastodonsaurus giganteus’ face says it all–which is why we’re featuring it for #WorldEmojiDay.😐 It's an extinct relative of frogs & salamanders, but probably acted more like a crocodile. It lived during the Late Triassic ~215 mil yrs ago. See this life-size model at the Museum!G
Summer is tomato season–& we’ve got a “tomato” for you to enjoy! Meet the Sambava tomato frog. Its bright coloring warns others about its toxicity; when threatened, it secretes a milky toxic substance to ward off foes. It lives in Madagascar where it munches insects & worms.🍅�w6
Next in our #SpectrumOfLife exploration: Rafflesia! These parasitic plants grow undetectable inside the tissue of a host vine until its giant flower blooms. #DYK? These flowers mimic the smell and appearance of rotting meat to attract their pollinators, carrion flies. 🪰e
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It’s #WorldSnakeDay, so it’s only fitting that today’s Exhibit of the Day highlights the Indian Python exhibit. Here, a mom-to-be is depicted incubating her eggs. #DYK? A python will safeguard & tend to her eggs for up to 9 weeks at a time, leaving only occasionally for a drink.
Have you been munching on a bunch of fruit this summer? The Jambu Fruit Dove sure has—as its common name suggests, it favors fruits for its meals! It lives in parts of Southeast Asia including Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia, where it inhabits rainforests and mangroves.🫐1
Next in our #SpectrumOfLife exploration is the bird of paradise! These stunning plants are native to South Africa, where sunbirds are the pollinator of choice. #DYK? When birds perch on its beak-like spathe to drink nectar, the petals open & cover their feet with pollen.
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🦎See Polyglyphanodon sternbergi up close in the Hall of Vertebrate Origins! The Museum is open from Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am–5:30 pm. ➡️Plan your weekend trip:bit.ly/3HXHOS9z
Happy #FossilFriday! Meet Polyglyphanodon sternbergi. It was a large lizard that lived ~85 million yrs ago. This specimen was found in the Late Cretaceous North Horn Formation in Utah. Judging from its unusual chiseled teeth, it had a specialized diet, but what it ate is unknown.
Why so stern? The Spot-bellied Eagle Owl's impressive ear tufts–which can be as long as 3 inches (7.6 centimeters)–add to this 25-inch (65-cm) bird's stature and imposing look. It can be spotted in Southeast Asia, including India, Thailand, and Bangladesh.🦉i
REU students and I got to tour the @AMNH Research Library today! We got to see treasures like a first edition Linnaeus and a handwritten Darwin manuscript for On the Origin of Species. I love printmaking, so my favorites were some original Wilson and Audubon copper plates.
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Last night at the secret science club meeting in Brooklyn, Carter and I got to give context to the #jwst data using @OpenSpaceProj and @WWTelescope The tool is FREE and opensource and great for public talks. We will be doing this in the planetarium @AMNH in September!
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Meet the black-backed jackal! This canid lives in eastern and southern Africa. To take down large prey like impala, it works with a pack, singling out a target from its herd and taking turns tiring it out.
Meet the smallest rabbit in North America, the pygmy rabbit! On average, it weighs just under 1 lb (.45 kg) with a body length of 11 in (28 cm). The tiny critter has a small range across the northwestern region of the United States where it inhabits deserts & shrubland.🐇5
(primate) Hips don’t lie!💃 First first-author research paper out today analyzing morphological predictors of hip function in#primatess using#SEMM 🐒 With amazin@AMNHNH adviso@ashleyshammondnd@saxicolyly, &@wardcvcv#OpenAccessss heredoi.org/10.1098/rsos.2…BU
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We've just published a new #OpenAccess module for your classroom on #HumanWildlifeConflict! Students explore complex & diverse stakeholder perspectives on living with carnivores in this case study-based exercise: ow.ly/6vI650JUZYB 📸:Tambako/Flickr [CC BY-ND 2.0]2
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In two weeks, join Science + Literature selected author Daisy Hernández (@daisyhernandez) and Dr. Jessica L. Ware (@JessicaLWareLab) in conversation. Presented in partnership with @AMNH, and supported by @SloanPublic. In-person. RSVP here: amnh.org/calendar/kissi…
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New Jersey Teachers! We invite you to join the American Museum of Natural History’s free @coursera primer on climate change in New Jersey! The course is estimated to take only 2.5 hours, and you will receive a certificate of attendance upon completion. #climatesolutions
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While the Painted Bunting looks like it belongs in a water color, you can actually see this bird flying about in real life! It lives in scrub-forest or grassland habitats in parts of the southern United States, Mexico, and Central America.🎨�ei
Meet the boomslang! It can open its mouth as wide as 170 degrees! What for? In order to unfold the fangs in the back of its mouth & inject venom into its prey. It blends in with vegetation close to the ground, where it keeps an eye out for lizards and frogs.
It's time for #TrilobiteTuesday! Not every trilobite was covered in spines. Some, like this 6-in- (15.2-cm-) long Devonian-age Dipleura from New York State, had a smoother appearance. Its sleek, elongated body allowed it to more easily burrow into the seafloor!
Attention teachers of NJ! The Museum offers a free @coursera primer on how #ClimateChange is affecting the Garden State. This course includes research on our climate system & climate change in NJ, while also providing rich classroom resources. Details: bit.ly/3IsltN3
The Institute of Comparative Genomics at the @AMNH is hiring a new Assistant Director! Exciting opportunity for early-career researchers to manage both modern and #ancientDNA labs at the museum! Interested applicants can apply here - careers.amnh.org/postings/3020
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It’s equipped with an 18-segmented gold mirror that’s specially designed to capture infrared light from the first galaxies that formed in the early universe. It’s also able to peer inside dust clouds where stars & planetary systems are forming today! What do you hope to see?(3/3)
Want a quick primer on the James Webb Telescope (@NASAWebb), which releases some of its first images today? Watch this video with Museum Astrophysicist Jackie Faherty (@jfaherty) & Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart (@tourtheuniverse): youtu.be/mb4rEUUurT4 (1/3)
It's #MosasaurMonday my dudes! #Tylosaurus FR221 @AMNH is one of the most spectacular mosasaur #fossils not only because its skeleton is nearly complete, but it also preserves several soft tissue structures, including parts of the shoulders, sternum, & trachea/windpipe! #scicomm
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On 7/27, join @daisyhernandez and @JessicaLWareLab for a conversation on the personal and political of science research, and access. Presented in partnership with @AMNH in New York City, and supported by @SloanPublic. In-person. RSVP here: amnh.org/calendar/kissi…
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Are you ready for #Manhattanhenge?🌇 Here are some tips to help you capture the moment.�xu
Tonight #nyc! Get your cameras ready as we are back at the best sunset of the year: #manhattanhenge Tonight and tomorrow are your LAST CHANCES of 2022 to see the sun cross and kiss your grid. After tomorrow the sun will start setting south of the city. @AMNH
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Sunday scaries? The Spectacled Owl can relate! This bird of prey has a wide range, spanning from southern Mexico to Argentina & can even be spotted in the Caribbean! It’s an important member of its ecosystem—through its diet, it likely helps control populations of insects & mice.
How big is the Asian water monitor? While most adults reach lengths of ~5 ft (1.5 m), some have been recorded to reach up to 10 ft (3 m)! It has a wide range throughout southern Asia & inhabits riverbanks & swamps. Its range is credited to its ability to swim for long distances.
The Caribbean reef octopus is distinguished by its eye-catching blue coloring, but this master of disguise can change its looks in an instant! Like other octopuses, it uses pigmented cells in its skin, called chromatophores, to alter its appearance.🐙A
Great resources from #AIBS member, @AMNH, about Viruses & #Vaccine #Science in the Covid Era. Explore animated videos, articles, & other resources about viruses, vaccines, #pandemics, public health, & science in the era of #COVID19. #aibsmso amnh.org/explore/viruse…
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Exhibit of the Day: The Polar Bear Diorama! Here, it's seen hunting a ribbon seal. Polar bears are dependent on their arctic environment for hunting & survival. Because of this, they're especially vulnerable to melting sea ice driven by climate change. #ClimateAndNature 🐻‍❄️I
The Channel-billed Toucan lives throughout parts of northern & central South America & is named for the groove, or channel, that runs down its bill. Its bill can grow ~5.5 in (13.9 cm) long. In fact, this species has one of the largest beak-to-body ratios out of any bird!
Next in our #SpectrumOfLife exploration is the giant puffball! These saprobic fungi can be found growing in open fields, woods & lawns at up to 8-20" in diameter. #DYK? A giant puffball can have has as many as 7-trillion spores inside!
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➡️See it up close in the Museum's Hall of Vertebrate Origins! Plan your weekend visit: bit.ly/3HXHOS9
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